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In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan crashed into the Philippines, leaving more than 6,000 people dead, 5 million homes damaged, and 14 million people trying to rebuild their lives.

We reached over 97,840 older people with: 

Food We distributed food packs in the days and weeks immediately after the disaster. They were light, easy to carry and easy to open. Queues for aid had special express lines for the over 60s.

Shelter Shelter packs helped older people and their families to stay sheltered and safe in the early days of the recovery process.

Counselling Our psychosocial support helped thousands of traumatised older people build back their confidence and feel safe again.  

Earning a living We helped people like Hilaria to re-start their businesses after they lost their possessions in the typhoon.   

Building back better We re-built thousands of houses - building them on stilts to make them safer in the event of flooding.  

Warning systems Solar-powered radios keep older people company - and provide them with life-saving emergency warnings and advice.

'He is so happy people are visting him'

A nurse visits 82-year-old Eleuterio in the Philippines.

82-year-old Eleuterio is paralysed and has arthritis. We sent nurses to his home to change his cathether, check his blood pressure and provide basic homecare. 'He is so happy people are visitng him and asking him how he is feeling.'

'Thank you for this blessing'

Hilaria with the new sewing machine we bought for her

Great-grandmother Hilaria is a tailor by trade. The 84-year-old lost her home and her sewing machine in the disaster, which was her only way to make a living. We helped her to get a new sewing machine and all the parts she needed.

'When the school term started again, I made some good sales from sewing children’s uniforms. I earned enough income to make some new items for my home like seat covers and curtains. I also bought materials to fix my house such as galvanized iron sheeting,' she says.

'I have been teaching my daughter how to sew. I am glad she already has an interest in tailoring. She may continue what I have started.'

'It's been like starting a new life'

We rebuilt Pelagia's house

We built new houses for people like 86-year-old Pelagia, who lost her home in the typhoon. These new homes are sturdier and will be safer should a disaster strike again.

'My old house had a roof made of coconut leaves and the walls and floors were made of bamboo and piled logs. Now my house is comfortable - it has a galvanized iron roof and plywood walls.

The typhoon has changed my life because I am now living in a safer house in a new location. It’s been like starting a new life.'

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Age International's partners on the ground in the Philippines produced a report to mark the one year anniverary of Typhoon Haiyan, and the amazing work that Age International has supported.

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